Newest Major Reviews:.This Month's Most Popular Reviews: Best-Selling Albums:
. 1. Fifty Shades Darker
2. La La Land
3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
4. Moana
5. Fantastic Beasts/Find Them
. . 1. Star Wars: Force Awakens
2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
3. Titanic
4. Avatar
5. Nineteen Eighty-Four
6. Gladiator
7. Star Wars: A New Hope
8. Animal Farm
9. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
10. Harry Potter: Sorcerer's Stone
. . 1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2. Fantastic Beasts/Find Them
3. Willow
4. The Ghost and the Darkness
5. An American Tail
Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for December, 2008:





12/30/08Frost/Nixon: (Hans Zimmer/Lorne Balfe) - All New Review
Buy it... if you're tired of hearing intellectually devoid, stagnant action music from Hans Zimmer and yearn for him to explore intelligently stylish material of a much lesser volume.
Avoid it... if you don't have the patience for a score built to subtly accentuate, rather than openly dominate, a conversational setting.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


12/27/08Milk: (Danny Elfman) - All New Review
Buy it... if you love Danny Elfman's distinct, established instrumental and rhythmic styles, because Milk is largely an extension of that sound into a slightly more dramatic realm.
Avoid it... if the likeable personality that Elfman maintains throughout that style cannot alone yield the kind of melodramatic weight you're expecting to hear for a topic involving so much controversy and sacrifice.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


12/23/08Cutthroat Island: (John Debney) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you define your swashbuckling pirate music by the parameters of Hollywood's Golden Age and seek the one truly impressive translation of that sound to a masterful digital-era recording.
Avoid it... if loquacious bombast of relentless and dramatic orchestral and choral intensity, consistent in its massive scope over the course of two hours, is simply too much ruckus to tolerate (no matter the score's status as a modern classic).
Rating:*****   Read the entire review


12/21/08Crimson Tide: (Hans Zimmer) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek the vastly superior music that inspired the revolution of the synthetic blockbuster score concept in the late 1990's.
Avoid it... if you're part of the mutiny among score fans that has rejected Hans Zimmer's revolution on a matter of principle, regardless of the strengths of his initially successful re-definition of the genre.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review


12/19/08Casper: (James Horner) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek one of James Horner's most charmingly heart-breaking lullabies, performed by solo piano, choir, and full ensemble over the course of twenty gorgeous minutes in Casper.
Avoid it... if the presence of the lullaby cannot compensate for 45 remaining minutes of merely average comedy action and fluffy suspense writing common to both the careers of Horner and Danny Elfman.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


12/15/08Apollo 13: (James Horner) - Expanded Review
Buy it... on the promotional album if you own only a handful of James Horner's scores and are in search of the composer at his very best.
Avoid it... if the understated respect that Horner conveys in his rather short score doesn't appeal to your need for more lavishly melodramatic efforts from elsewhere during that era of his career.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review


12/14/08The American President: (Marc Shaiman) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek one of the best scores that the romantic comedy genre has to offer, brilliantly balancing the humor of the film's story with the gravity of its location.
Avoid it... if you expect the respectfully restrained underscore in between the opening and closing statements of the title theme to be as strikingly robust.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


12/11/08Star Trek: Generations: (Dennis McCarthy) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you appreciated the conservative sound of Dennis McCarthy's music for the concept's episodes on television, for Star Trek: Generations is largely a simple expansion of that sound.
Avoid it... if you expect the memorable themes or dramatic majesty of the superior film scores that came before and after this in the franchise.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


12/10/08A Simple Twist of Fate: (Cliff Eidelman) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you are an avid collector of Cliff Eidelman's typically understated character drama scores of the 1990's, for this work is a standard entry in that collection.
Avoid it... if you expect the usual, lush character theme from Eidelman for a film like this to receive a satisfyingly full, ensemble performance.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


12/9/08The Pagemaster: (James Horner) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if there is no limit to your patience with James Horner in his tendency to regurgitate material in his children's scores of the late 1980's and early 1990's.
Avoid it... if you have already tested the waters in Horner's ventures into the animated genre and you found nothing of interest in highlights like An American Tail and The Land Before Time.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


12/7/08Only You: (Rachel Portman) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if the music of Georges Delerue melts your heart and you're curious to hear Rachel Portman's first and triumphant merging of Delerue's sensibilities with the ideas that she would adopt as her own standard for a successful career.
Avoid it... if any music chosen for regular re-use in beauty pageants is not your cup of tea.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review


12/5/08The Lion King: (Hans Zimmer/Elton John) - Expanded Review
Buy it... on Disney's commercial album if the songs performed by the cast and Elton John are your favorite parts of the film's music.
Avoid it... on the various bootlegs if you expect all of the gorgeous portions of the score neglected from the commercial album to be provided in satisfying sound quality.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


12/3/08Legends of the Fall: (James Horner) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you're looking for the most weighty, tragically melodramatic score in James Horner's career, a masterpiece of thematic beauty and elegance.
Avoid it... if you have no interest in hearing Horner adapt the broad strokes of John Barry's Dances With Wolves into his own templates.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review


12/2/08Frank and Jesse: (Mark McKenzie) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you are an enthusiast of Mark McKenzie's loyalty to strong and repetitious melodies, serving this Western score with adequate energy.
Avoid it... if twenty minutes of standard Western sounds for an orchestra cannot sustain your interest through the score's other half (of intimate, specialty instrument contributions).
Rating:***   Read the entire review







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